7 Ways to Save Ink Effectively


Saving your inkjet printer’s ink requires only a little bit of extra effort. While the amount saved may seem insignificant at first, over a year, your cost savings really do add up, making Benjamin Franklin’s famous saying, “A penny saved is a penny earned” ring true.

With advances in technology, printers are becoming more affordable but many individuals and companies often end up printing unnecessarily without thinking of how much ink they might actually be using.

Here are some ways to use your inkjet printer’s ink more effectively — and save running costs:

Think Before You Print
Not only do you save ink and paper by printing only material you actually need, but you also reduce clutter too. Ask yourself what you really need before printing the whole document or deck. Do preview your documents before printing as well – many documents, especially webpages, tend to look very different from what you see on your screen and gaps and blank pages may appear in your printouts.

Do select “printer-friendly” modes when printing from the web. Additionally, a browser tool like CleanPrint can help you save ink and paper when printing articles from the internet by allowing you to remove images and advertisements from pages before printing. You also have the option of increasing or decreasing the font size – or even selecting a font type that requires less ink – before printing an article, enabling you to save on the amount of ink used. Do think of the environment and use the default mode of double-sided printing, if possible, or booklet printing, if available, in order to save paper.

Is Colour Really Necessary?
Opt to print in greyscale if colour is not necessary, especially if you are mainly printing text documents. You can also consider printing in in the lowest print quality possible, if the quality of the printout is not a priority.

Do Draft Test Prints When Editing Photos
Most modern inkjet printers like the PIXMA MG series can produce high-quality photos, especially if you use speciality photo paper – so it’s natural that people are exploring that option more at home. If you are cropping and editing photos however, do a draft test print before you make a high-quality printout on photo paper. In this way, you avoid wasting expensive photo paper or ink on something that is not a final image.

Look After Your Ink
Keep your ink cartridges sealed in the original packaging until they are ready to be installed. Don’t overstock them as you run the risk of going past their expiry date, and using out-of-date ink cartridges may end up clogging up the ink nozzles of your printer. To minimise chances of a clog occurring, do clean the ink nozzles regularly – most inkjet printers have a setting that can do this. Also ensure that you are using genuine ink cartridges to get the best results and avoid damaging your printer.

Use High-Yield Cartridges
High-yield ink tanks such as Canon’s MAXIFY cartridges print colour documents at a low cost per page. If you print frequently, it makes sense to select a high-yield ink cartridge since you know that it is likely to be used within six months or so. In terms of economy and savings, a high yield cartridge will also give you better mileage than a standard yield cartridge. For business printing, Canon’s PIXMA E series are good choices. Heavy users, on the other hand, can consider the PIXMA G series, Canon’s first refillable ink tank system printer is designed for high volume printing at low running costs.

Use the Printer Regularly
If you don’t print very often, you can stretch the life of your inkjet cartridges by keeping the printer moving. Print a page or two at least once a week using both your colour and black ink cartridges. You can print something small – even a printer diagnostic test will do. This will help prevent the ink from drying up.

Power Down Your Printer Correctly
Another ink-saving tip is to power down your printer the right way after each use. Always turn off the printer using its Power button and wait until it powers down completely before turning of the main switch. This is so that the cartridges move back to the correct and capped position when the printer powers off, preventing the ink from drying up prematurely.